Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta

Bringing to life musical classics and exploring new musical technologies and boundaries, the Peninsula Arts Sinfonietta is a beacon for high quality music and innovation in Plymouth and the South West.

Grounded in the reputation of previous musical ensembles from Peninsula Arts, the Sinfonietta brings together a selection of the South West’s most talented musicians under the baton of Simon Ible, Artistic Director, Conductor and Director of Music at Peninsula Arts.

Dr Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts, said: “Over the past 11 years, Peninsula Arts has built a reputation for promoting outstanding contemporary art, from music to murals, photography to fine art. The Sinfonietta reinforces our commitment to promoting high quality music in Plymouth and across the region, supporting emerging and established talent and attracting quality national and international artists.”

The Sinfonietta comprises of players from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and they perform at a range of events as part of the Peninsula Arts calendar, including at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival. Their repertoire ranges from traditional, classical works such as Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Boyce and Haydn as well as more contemporary works.

Simon Ible, Creative Director and Conductor

Simon studied conducting in Germany with Klaus Donath and in London with Sir Colin Davis. Before joining Plymouth University, Simon spent 20 years conducting in Bath where he was Artistic Director and Resident Conductor of Bath City Orchestra directing concerts in Bath’s famous Pump Room, Guildhall and Assembly Rooms.

Simon has worked with many star performers including Dame Evelyn Glennie, Alison Balsom, Mark Padmore, Stephen Varcoe, Carlos Bonnell and
Sarah Walker CBE, and conducted numerous world premieres including music by Stevie Wishart, Karen Wimhurst, Ben Bartlett, James Barrett, Linas Baltas. His recordings include Nigel Shaw’s Dartmoor Symphony and Mind Pieces by Eduardo R Miranda.